This century has witnessed more processed foods in the history of man, and the trend seems to be gaining more momentum than ever before.
With this trend, there also seems to be an increase in the rate at which people all over the world contract cancer.
The truth is that, most of the food that many consider to be delicious and everyone seems to love are cancer causing foods; and many folks seem to be ignorant of this fact.
In this article, we will have a look at some of the most delicious cancer causing foods in the world, and the alternative healthy replacement for them.
You might discover that your favourite delicacy falls under this cancer causing foods.
Don’t fret it.
These foods are not friendly at all and destroys your body, because the more you consume them, the more prone you are to contracting cancer.
I am not going to scare you with some of the foods that could cause cancer. We already have more than enough of such articles around the world wide web.
Rather, I will be providing you with some amazing alternatives for each of the cancer causing foods that will be listed here.
Let’s get started already!
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), are foods that have been artificially modified with chemicals; and a good number of foods these days fall under GMOs label.
However, the top culprit seems to be grains like wheat while corn, sugar and soy follow suit.
As a matter of fact, it is believed that Celiac Disease and a host of other digestive problems that arise from gluten are as a result of genetically modifying wheat; and not actually from the wheat itself.
The main reason why crops are genetically modified is to increase yield; but then comes the side-effects. They are also modified so as to create a product that is sturdy enough to allow for nationwide shipping.
GMOs have been linked with various diseases like birth defects and rapid tumour growth (cancer).
It pays to check out the label of any product you are buying to know if they have been processed or modified. You will see the “GMO-free” label if they are not modified. It’s a pity that almost all grains have been genetically modified these days. These are products like soybeans, corn and wheat.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) Replacements
The good thing is that modified grains can be replaced with GMO-Free non-Processed foods. The most common genetically modified crops are corn, soy, canola and sugar beets. These can be easily practically replaced.
- You could go completely Grass-Fed. It is most likely that cattle that has been fed corn and grains consumed GMO.
- YOU COULD REPLACE canola oil with extra-virgin olive oil or coco nut oil.
- You could look for GMO-Free corn starch and corn tortilla chips
- Ensure that you buy products that bear the label “100% Organic” or “GMO-Free”. Anything less than that, steer clear as GMO-Free has become a hot marketing tool.
Many folks love popcorn just like myself; especially while watching a movie at home or at the cinema as you just casually throw them into your mouth.
However, microwave popcorn are a serious health threat and when I found this out, I had to let go though it was something I loved so much.
The lining of microwave popcorn bags have been linked to infertility, carious tumours and pancreatic cancer.
As a matter of fact, microwave popcorn most often ranks as number one in cancer causing foods when it was rated by health experts. Trust me, this is one food you would want to get rid of and replace fast.
Microwave Popcorn Replacements
Having learnt that microwave popcorn is a precursor of troubles to come, what healthy alternative is there; especially for popcorn lovers like myself?
Well, you are in luck as there is replacement for popcorn that is even far better than the microwave popcorn. Having known the dire risks of eating it, it’s better to run and make do with the alternative.
You would need to switch to stovetop or air-popped popcorn.
But how, you may ask.
Again this is really easy. Buy GMO-Free kernels from your favourite popcorn store. You will see the GMO – Free certification right on the front of the bags.
Add some coconut oil to a pan, add some kernels and cover with a lid and in just a couple of minutes, you will have some delicious popcorn that comes with no side effects.
In addition, the coconut oil offers it a delicious unique flavour.
Refined sugar is consumed a lot worldwide, and find usage in many industrial and domestic applications.
Refined sugar just seems to be everywhere!
However, refined sugar is known to spike insulin levels in the body thus causing weight gain. In addition, refined sugar is very addictive.
As if that is not bad enough about refined sugar, it is known to feed cancer cells.
Yeah, you read right!
Cancer cells spread very fast as they feed on sweeteners like High-Fructose-Corn Syrup (HFCS). Majority of the processed foods you see around are loaded with HFCS, like packaged cereals, sodas, flavoured beverages and most especially baked goods.
Refined sugar is bad and dangerous to your health and you should totally avoid it if you want to avoid cancer. It is one of the most consumed cancer causing foods anywhere in the world.
Refined Sugar Replacement
The good thing is that there is a suitable replacement for refined sugar. While honey will come to your mind very fast, I would suggest Agave. The reason being that getting access to natural unprocessed honey seems to be very difficult.
Agave looks quite like honey but it’s less viscous; and a very suitable delicious sugar substitute. It is gotten from the sap found in the agave plant; which is the same plant from tequila is borne.
The flavour of agave is very strong, so you have to use less of it. It also comes with a substantial amount of calories.
It’s very hard to find any nutritional value in a sweetener, but not with agave. Agave contains calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium which are essential minerals needed for proper body functioning.
Agave does have substantial calories, but you use less because the flavour is very strong.
To sweeten the deal with agave, it has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, meaning that it won’t spike up your blood sugar levels.
What makes agave astounding is that it’s natural; and not from a test tube!
Fish is a nutritious diet and known to be the healthiest of foods in the world; however farmed salmon though a fish food is one that you should totally avoid as it’s a cancer causing food.
Farm-raised salmons are fed with unnatural foods that contains pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and many other carcinogens.
You now see why it’s very important that you keep away from farm raised salmons if you really want to keep away from cancer causing foods.
Though it may look appetizing, you sure don’t know what it has been feeding on; unless it was caught in the wild; and these all get transferred to your body when you consume them.
Farmed Salmon Replacement
The best replacement for farm raised salmon is that caught in the wild. It doesn’t only tastes good but it fights cancer as well.
Just as farmed salmon is atop the list of cancer causing foods, wild salmon tops the list too in cancer preventing foods!
You see the analogy here!
Wild salmons are very rich in Vitamin D which helps in the fight against cancerous and precancerous cells.
Vitamin D has been linked to the prevention of several cancers like the cancers of the breast and colon. This might be because Vitamin D helps in blocking the growth of blood vessels that feeds on cancer tumours.
It’s really hard to find foods that are naturally high in Vitamin D, which is why eating loads of wild caught salmons and spending about 20 – 30 minutes a day getting natural sunlight are two of the best ways in fighting and preventing cancer.
How many times have you salivated over those huge chunks of red well-prepared meat all staring at you?
I guess you know the feelings!
But red meat, especially processed meats tops the list among cancer causing foods. Pregnant women are often told to keep away from eating processed meats like bacon, lunch meats, sausages , baloney and hot dogs; and for good reasons.
The reasons are that processed meats are riddled with preservatives and chemicals that are meant to preserve the freshness so they have the colour of the animals from which they came, but the side effects is that the chemicals and preservatives are bad for your health.
This is one reason why processed meats tops the list in the foods that cause cancer. One of the worst culprits when it comes to cancer causing ingredients are sodium nitrates, and it’s used in processed meats.
They are preservatives that makes the meat look fresh and is a known carcinogen that causes cancer.
Processed Meats Replacement
For a replacement, you might want to check your local whole foods market or organic market. They will often stock up their meat cases with nitrate free meats. Also, it would also be wise to look out for the Nitrate-Free label.
For your information, nitrate free meats generally turn color so make sure you eat them up in a reasonable time.
Non- organic produce are another group of delicious foods that can cause cancer. For fruits and vegetables that have been contaminated with pesticides and chemicals, no amount of washing can take the chemicals and pesticides off.
Apples fall into this group as well as oranges, strawberries, grapes and cucumbers. These are all big time offenders.
It’s quite easy to detect genetically modified fruits. Visit a farmers market, or compare the fruit or produce you get from the conventional store to that from an organic crop.
With the organic, it’s usually smaller and lower in yield; but the taste could be better and sweeter.
Non-Organic Produce Replacement
A powerful replacement for non-organic produce is the grape fruit. Grape fruit is highly loaded with Vitamin C which helps in preventing cancer causing nitrogen compounds from forming in the body.
In addition, Vitamin C has been associated with reduced risk of colon, bladder, breast, cervical and stomach cancers.
Grape fruit is really effective in the fight against cancer!
Also, a good advice would be to stick to produce with thick skins. Fruits like apples, cucumbers, leafy vegetables and berries are often riddled with chemicals and it’s difficult or impossible to remove the outer skins.
For produce like cabbage, removing the outer layers that could be riddled with chemicals is easy, as well as bananas that needs to be peeled off before eating.
Another cancer causing food which almost everyone finds delicious; adults and children alike; are bagged chips. Children are often found chewing away on this, and if you really know the danger here, you would never allow a child to eat bagged chips.
Aside being supper fatty and full of salts, bagged chips are riddled with chemicals. These chemicals includes artificial preservatives, flavours and colours, and even Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in some cases.
MSG is an excitotoxin, often referred to as a SILENT KILLER and found in crackers, canned foods and even infant formula. MSG excites the body cells to the point of damage or even death.
It could result to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, learning disabilities, brain damage and even more worse ailments.
MSG is highly deadly, and often comes packaged with bagged chips!
The FDA admits:
“Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.
Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”
Aside bagged chips, potato chips are on top of the list of cancer causing foods because when they are fried at high temperature, they produce a carcinogen called acrylamide.
Acrylamide is the same carcinogen that is present in cigarettes!
Bagged Chips Replacement
Folks have always relished the crunchy, salty and oily goodness that comes with a bag of chips; and having read so far, most of you must have been saying ‘what the hell!’.
Well, for chips lovers, there is a way to satisfy all your crunchy cravings and without the excess sodium and chemicals.
Get into your kitchen and slice up your kale, plantains, taro roots and sweet potatoes and make a whole assortment of fried chips from them.
Easier and safer!
Aluminum tin can and tomato
After reading about this cancer causing food, you might never eat canned tomatoes ever in your life again; and that would be a very great decision as a matter of fact.
Canned foods are known to be lined with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or “BPA”. BPA has been linked to infertility, heart diseases and a host of other diseases.
Acidic foods like tomatoes tends to absorb BPA and they are more dangerous than tuna or black beans. As a matter of fat, it comes with recommendation to avoid feeding children any food that comes with tomatoes canned in it.
Because tomatoes are highly acidic, it actually helps in feeding cancer as cancer cells relish acidity in the body.
Canned Tomatoes Replacement
Getting tasty fresh tomatoes is hard save for few short months in the year, and most of the tomatoes you find in season are often genetically modified to have thick skin so they can be shipped around the country.
Fresh tomatoes are also quite expensive.
This being the case, you could try replacing tomatoes in your diet with sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that is also found in carrots and dark leafy vegetables.
Beta-carotene is known to reduce the risk of contracting cancer, and foods that have high beta-carotene in them have been linked to reduce breast cancer by 50% in post-menopausal women.
Aside this, a good tip would be to buy up fresh tomatoes when they are in season, blend and preserve them yourself so you have tomatoes anytime you need them.
True, they might not be as fresh as the ones from the store, but you would be living healthier and preventing cancer. Also, you still get that redness for your sauce or meal which I believe many of you long for.
This is another cancer causing food that is consumed by many folks daily. Diet soda, fake sugars and sugarless chewing gums contains the chemical aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener.
It is also added to yoghurts and sugarless energy drinks.
Aspartame is linked to cancers, heart problems and birth defects.
Another bad thing about these fake sugars is that they actually make you to add MORE weight!
To make matters worse, they are addictive as they make you psychologically and physically dependent on the sweet flavour.
You sure don’t want to have anything to do no more with fake sugars.
Fake Sugar Replacement
Because fake sugars are addictive, you will need to break this addiction. This would require you spending a period of time and going raw; about a week or two; or fasting in order to allow your body detoxify and restore your palate.
Also, if you must use sweeteners at all, then consider Stevia or Truvia.
The fake sugar-alternative that I recommend is Pomegranate. Pomegranates is high in ellagic acid, a phytonutrient present in many berries and nuts. Ellagic acid helps with stopping the growth of cancerous cells in the body.
Additionally, instead of consuming fake sugars, pomegranates can be added to water, yogurt, flaxseed or other natural cereal, and even pureed for desserts!
This is another delicious food that is in the list of top foods that cause cancer; and it’s consumed by many folks daily, due to its addictive nature.
It’s loaded with fake sugars, artificial colour and chemicals like derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI).
Its little wonder then that soda pop has been shown to cause cancer. Soda pop tends to acidify the body and ends up feeding cancer cell.
You never know, but the caramel colouring in your soda might well be responsible for the cancer in your body.
The best replacement for soda would be water.
Good old fashioned water (H2O) is far more refreshing than that ice cold cancer causing soda that you are now addicted to.
Water not only hydrates the body but helps with digestion as well, though it doesn’t contain any nutrients.
Another alternative would be tea; slimming tea. Tea contains polyphenol compounds which has a lot of benefits. Tea is also high in Cancer-Fighting Catechins.
Aside the above mentioned benefits of tea, it could help with weight loss and weight maintenance.
In conclusion, there is no cure for cancer, but there are many ways through which we could keep our bodies detoxified and help keep it healthier and win in the fight against cancer.
It starts with doing away with all these delicious foods which could cause cancer.
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If you think you have seen or heard of weird restaurants, things and places in your life, then you have got another think coming because am about to shock you.
I thought that I have had enough of weirdness and unusual stuff until I stumbled upon some of the weirdest and strangest of restaurants from around the world.
Frankly, if some of these strange restaurants from around don’t make you giddy, then I guess nothing ever would.
Ranging from restaurants floating in the sky, to those found under the sea, to those in the tombs, to where you get served in prison uniforms by waiters dressed as prison wardens and down to where you get served by monkeys.
And when you think you have had enough weirdness, there is also the restaurant where you eat humans. Well, not in that sense, but a lookalike that makes you feel more like a cannibal. It can’t get weirder than this.
I call these the unusual and strangest restaurants from around the world!
I had much fun researching, compiling and writing this article; and I have no doubt that you are about to get thrilled and tickled with these list of unusual and strangest restaurants from around the world.
Buckle up for a roller coaster ride.
Here we go!
Monkey Tavern – Izakaya Kayabuki, Japan
There is no doubt that monkeys are smart; in fact smarter than you would ever think; so much that they can be used as waiters and waitresses.
In Japan, the owner of the Monkey Tavern certainly put this to good use in his restaurant as he uses monkeys to serve his guests.
Well, if you happen to breeze in there you would certainly save some bucks as you wouldn’t have to tip monkeys…and the owner, Kaoru Otsuka gets away with having not to pay workers.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Located in Maldives, Ithaa restaurant is one of the strangest restaurants in the world; and also one of the most expensive as it costs $5 million. Imagine the cost just to make your taste buds happy.
However, it is not the cost that puts ithaa in this list but the unusual and weirdness. Imagine a restaurant located 16 feet below the surface of the Indian ocean, and as you eat your eyes are feed with an array of sea creatures just swimming around.
This aquarium styled eatery is the first of its kind in the world and certainly weird in a good way.
Devil Island Prison Restaurant
If there is another name for weird, then the Devil Island Prison Restaurant would definitely earn it. This restaurant is built and modelled after a concentration camp, aka prison. The owner wanting to raise the awareness of how difficult and tough prison life could be and to scare away people from a life of crime decorated the restaurant to the last detail as if it were a real prison.
This restaurant is located in china. The realistic decoration includes a large steel structure at its entrance just like a real prison. The floors are made of metal and the inside doors and windows have steel bars.
The owner takes things to the extreme as the waiters are dressed as in-mates with white striped uniforms while the security personnel there are dressed up like guards.
Even the food you get served is brought in typical prison trays.
My dear, if this doesn’t scare or gives you the creeps about prison life, then you are probably a hardened criminal already.
To take matters a notch up, you are photographed, finger-printed and given the option of being handcuffed just like a criminal.
You are treated like a criminal.
There is no fancy table with decorations…nah! Remember you are being treated like a prisoner.
For me……I don’t cherish the experience, and this is sure one of the strangest restaurants from around the world.
When I first saw the theme of this restaurant, it scared the craps out of me; and I bet it did same to you. The cannibalistic restaurant sure fits this list as one of the strangest restaurants from around the world when it comes to weird.
Though you are not served human flesh or raw meat, the name alone gives the creeps.
Located in Japan, the food served is called Nyotaimori and it means ‘female body plate’ and is one of the strangest and unusual food from any Japanese restaurant.
Here, they serve you Japanese sushi and sashimi inside a woman’s body.
What?! I hear you scream.
Well, not a real human body as in flesh and blood but it’s real enough. The body is actually made from food and is placed on a table tailored after a surgical table found in a hospital.
Customers are free to eat from any part of the body. What makes it look so real is that as you cut and dig into the food, it will appear to be bleeding just like a real human body.
Kick me if this is not weird enough!
Dinner In The Sky
Dinner in the sky experience can only be described as crazy and breath-taking! If you fancy high altitude and aint scared of heights, then this might be for you.
With its origin from Belgium and having spread to more than 40 cities around the globe, the idea revolves around hoisting guests in a crane who are securely strapped into dining chairs 160 feet above the ground.
Tables, waiting staff and along with everything required to enjoy a good floating meal above the ground are taken along.
If you don’t see this as weird and strange, then I wonder what is; and all for a meal that costs about $30, 000!
Black Ants Restaurant
If there is another stronger word for strange, the Black Ants Restaurant would almost certainly earn it. This is a New York restaurant where black ants are served as part of the meal.
If you have fear or distaste for creeping or crawling creatures, then this is not for you. Here at this New York restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine, creepy crawlies are on the menu. Be ready to get served insects in your drinks and appetizers. Grasshoppers are also on the menu.
For those not enthusiastic about finding insects in their meals, you can go with the traditional Mexican cuisine, sans-ants.
If you have never eaten at the Black Ants Restaurant, you might want to give the black ant guac a trial. It’s been said that it’s well worth it.
Modern Toilet Restaurant
Located in Taipei and owned by Eric Wang, the idea behind this strange restaurants was born when one of the owners was reading while sitting on a toilet.
Can you beat that!
Initially, they were just into the sales of chocolate ice cream sold in toilet shaped containers but as the idea caught on and became a success, it was turned into a full-fledged toilet-themed restaurant. The meals are served in non-functioning toilet-shaped bowls dinnerware.
If you flinch at the idea of eating in a place that gives you the idea of a toilet, then this is not for you. The surprising thing about this restaurant is that it is highly affordable. With just $10 you get a sumptuous meal in a toilet-shaped bowl.
If this is not one of the strangest restaurants in the world, I wonder what is.
If you have watched Disney’s cartoon, Frozen, then you might get an idea of what the Ice Restaurant might look like. While the owners don’t turn what they touch into ice, almost everything in the restaurant is ice-themed. Diners get to sit on ice benches and chairs, they get to eat at ice tables and eat out of ice plates, and they also get to drink from ice glasses served from a bar made of ice.
What have you got to say about that!
I have watched Frozen and I loved it…especially the Ice Castle scene. If you really want to get that Frozen world Disney experience, then the Ice Restaurant based in Dubai it is.
I have no doubt whatsoever that the lady by your side will love it!
Dinner In The Dark
Have you ever considered the idea of eating in a pitch black restaurant with myriads of other people; just digging into your meal?
Spooky, some of you might say……but this is what you get at Dinner In The Dark restaurant, a joint located in Beijing, China.
All the rooms in the restaurant are designed so black and so dark, and incoming visitors are guided by waiters who are equipped with night view binoculars.
This certainly fits this list as one of the strangest restaurants from around the world.
Flashlights and mobile phones not available, and visitors can only smell and taste the food by eating in the dark. Just use your senses to relish the meal.
Though coming at the tenth position on this list, it’s one of the strangest restaurants in the world. Now imagine the idea of eating in a cemetery….with tombs around you.
That’s the lookalike you get with the Tombs restaurant located in Ahmedabad, India, though you get served meals by real people and not zombies.
This strange restaurant is quite well-known for menu like the milk-tea and bread rolls, as well as the tombs between the tables. The owner of the restaurant claimed to have opened the restaurant for about 40 years, an inheritance, and doesn’t know who are buried beneath the graves.
Draculas And Witches In Britches, Melbourne Australia
For fans of the supernatural like Vampires, Werewolves, Dracula and Witches, you will find these restaurants a dream come true. Owing its popularity to the resurgence of the Twilight phenomenon, these horror-themed restaurants based in Melbourne are the craze.
Draculas claimed to have served more than three million people in the 30 years it has been in business. Draculas offers its drinks in a graveyard and you are also welcome to a ghost-train ride.
The 40 years old Witches in Britches is located in Wicked Castle, offering a kitschy interactive show with its roots in contemporary pop culture with pumpkin soup made of herbs picked from ‘the old hags garden’, and ladled from a cauldron.
Really witchy I say.
There, you have it. Some of the most unusual and strangest restaurants from around the world.
If there is any other weird restaurants not listed here that you know of, kindly make mention of it in the comments section and we will be sure to add it up.
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There are some really dangerous foods from around the world out there that many people crave for, especially tourists, which are actually deadly to the eater and could prove fatal if extra caution is not taken.
If you look at it, it actually seems that these foods where designed or made to kill you.
But this is not the case.
In most cases, tourists, travelers and those indulging in these dangerous food see it as a delicacy or get a thrill from the deadly adventure.
No matter the reason, these foods are dangerous and could make one sick if they are not well prepared or in some cases could even prove fatal and lead to death.
The list below contains some of the common and most dangerous foods from around the world.
Fugu Puffer Fish
the fugu puffer fish is one of the most dangerous fish foods in the world and takes only trained certified chefs to prepare it.
This dangerous fish food is meant for the most daring foodies. Fugu puffer fish, also known as blowfish is a Japanese delicacy that is usually eaten raw.
Considered to be the most dangerous food in the world, it takes only highly trained chefs to prepare who usually get trained for between 2 – 3 years to obtain a certification to prepare it; and this certification comes with a high failure rate.
The fugu’s internal organs contains the lethal poison tetrodotoxin, a substance which is considered to be 1,200 times more lethal than cyanide.
Yeah, you read that right!
When consumed, the poison slowing closes down the central nervous system without the person even being aware, resulting in paralysis and eventual death. This happens when the fish is cut the wrong way, hence the reason why chefs in Japan had to go through the tedious process of getting certified to prepare fugu. Just a single fish that is not well prepared is enough to kill 30 people; and a lethal dose could be as small as a pin head.
Despite this, the more adventurous consume this fish continually. According to News.com.au the Japanese continues to consume 10,000 tons of the fish annually.
The good news is that there are some certified chefs who can actually prepare fugu.
The bad news is that the poison doesn’t have an antidote. So, if your belly has a death wish, this is the food for you; so choose your poison wisely!
This could definitely be your last meal on earth even if you didn’t intend it to be!
Sannakji Choking Octopi
Eat with caution so as not to get choked by the semi-life octopus!
Second on this list is another sea creature, the Sannakji Choking Octopi, which is considered to be among the most dangerous foods from around the world. This is a Korean delicacy prepared by chopping up baby octopus into small pieces but which continues to move even after it has died.
The octopus still continues to move even after the limbs have been chopped up and the body covered in sesame oil and the suction caps still retaining its gripping power, enabling it to be able hold onto your mouth and throat and thus becoming a choking hazard. The octopus limbs actually tried to climb back to your mouth from the throat.
Death by asphyxiation is common among novice eater!
This is a case of food getting its revenge. Instead of choking on your food, your food might actually succeed in choking you.
It is advisable to be very careful with this one. In fact, for novice eaters, it is advisable to chew your food before ever thinking of swallowing it.
Giant Bull Frogs
The Giant African Bull Frog from Namibia might look like a mouthful, but its certainly a mouthful of poison if not well prepared.
Next on the list of the most dangerous foods from around the world is not another sea creature but an amphibian found in Namibia, Africa; the Giant Bull Frog.
The African giant bull frog contains a variety of toxic substances which are lethal to humans. According to the locals, the young frogs which have not started mating are the most dangerous because of a toxin that they carry.
Even if the frogs have started mating, eating the wrong part of the frog at any time of the year is a sure way of risking kidney failure. It’s true that you won’t croak to death from eating an immature bull frog, especially if you seek medical attention fast; but it’s certainly a high risk and price to pay just to enjoy a simple meal.
The best bet if you value your life would be to deny your palates this dangerous delicacy and just keep the frog as a pet as many people do around the world.
the cassava roots, popularly known as tapioca in American needs to be properly cooked as it contains toxic substance that could kill if not well cooked.
Cassava root is consumed by millions of people worldwide, and forms a vital part in many diets. It is found mostly in South America, Asia and Africa. Cassava roots, if not well-prepared can produce a very toxic poisonous substance called cyanide.
Actually, cassava roots contains a toxin called linamarin which the human body converts to the lethal cyanogenic glycoside when eaten raw or uncooked.
Though it is a sure means of getting a healthy dose of carbohydrates, one has to be really careful to make sure it’s well cultivated and cooked for eating, otherwise you might end up getting unwanted poison as part of your diet as well.
The Americans prefer calling it tapioca, and often finds its place in the preparation of pudding. Also, a number of people are allergic to the cassava plant and the American Cancer Society have made a warning that those allergic to latex rubber are more susceptible to getting poisoned and should thus opt for a more healthy dessert.
the Ackee fruit is the Jamaican national dish, and while a delicacy care should be taken not to eat the black seeds which could prove lethal
The Ackee fruit is an extremely popular fruit and also a popular delicacy in Jamaica; though it originated from west Africa and then found its way to Jamaica. This fruit, though Jamaican national delicacy is very dangerous and just a bite from an unripe fruit could cause coma or death.
The Ackee fruit can be eaten raw or mixed with other traditional dishes, however the danger comes with the black seeds found within the fruits which contains the poison hypoglycin that could cause severe vomiting known as Jamaica Vomiting Sickness. The fruit must NOT be eaten until its ripe and burst open by itself, and then the yellow-hued flesh consumed. The large black seeds inside the fruits are always poisonous and must never be eaten.
Though a delicacy, this comes with some risks and in my opinion, its best avoided.
Personally, I would just make do with bananas and apples.
while mushrooms are nutritious, care should be taken when picking them from the wild as many mushrooms are known to be dangerous
Mushrooms are already known to be hallucinogenic, but they also make a good delicacy especially when cooked with garlic and butter or with a tangy pasta sauce.
That’s the good side of mushrooms.
Mushrooms on the other hand can be dangerous and could make one sick or even end life if they are eaten without knowledge or guide. This is especially so for people who go into the forest to pick their own mushrooms. Choosing the wrong ones could be deadly.
Poisonous mushrooms are known as “toadstools” and carry toxins that could prove lethal. So, when hunting for mushrooms, do so with a knowledgeable guide.
Known lethal varieties of mushrooms are the Death Cap, Destroying Angels and Deadly Webcap. These are highly poisonous and could cause death.
Personally am a big fan of mushrooms. Not only are they a delicacy but rich and rare as well. However, eating the wrong one could be fatal especially when you hunt for them yourself in the wild. It’s a pity mushrooms in the forest don’t come with labels.
Casu Marzu Cheese
Casu marzu is quite popular and is sold in the black market. This one is dangerous for real…and a closer look you can actually see the wriggling worms!
Most people are crazy about cheese and for a good reason but the Casu Marzu Cheese is on a different league of its own as it’s the most dangerous cheese in the world; as it could cause severe health issues both before you eat it and after eating it.
Everything about this cheese is gross right from the way it’s made down to how it’s eaten. Popularly known as the rotting cheese, this Italian cheese is laid out in the open for days for flies to lay their eggs on it. The eggs then hatch and the maggots crawl out and feed on the cheese, leading to faster fermentation.
Are you thinking this is gross and puking already?
Wait, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
When consuming Casu Marzu, the locals seriously advise putting on goggles or any eye protection gadgets. This is because the maggots can jump six inches into your eye balls, and may the Good Lord help you if your eyes are not protected.
As if that is not enough, even after eating the cheese, the maggots survive well enough to cause some damages as they wiggle through your intestinal walls causing serious health issues like bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
This food is considered a serious health threat that it has been banned by the Europe Union. Despite the ban and dangers inherent with this food, there is a big market for it as there is a black market for it.
For primate brain lovers, monkey brains are a favorite but risk having a degenerative brain yourself!
Monkey brains also happens to be one of the most dangerous foods from around the world. Though the thought of consuming the brains of a primate might sound disgusting to you, it is a delicacy in some parts of the world, like in Asia.
In places like Asia, monkey brains are either eaten raw or cooked; a local delight.
The problem though with consuming monkey brains is that an illness called Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, lurks inside the brain of the monkey. This disease is very similar to the well-known Mad Cow disease, an incurable and fatal degenerative neurological disorder. What this means is that by consuming monkey brains, your brain tissues degenerate a well.
While popular and nutritious, you should totally keep away from the leaves if you want to be alive after dining.
I will conclude this list of the most dangerous foods in the world with rhubarb leaves. Rhubarb pie is a favorite of many, and for good reasons.
However, when cooking with rhubarb, it is good to remember to use just the stems and not the leaves. The green leaves of the rhubarb must never be consumed as it’s very toxic.
The rhubarb leaves contains oxalic acid which is corrosive and can form deadly crystals in the kidneys when ingested.
Obvious symptoms of rhubarb poisoning includes seizures, nausea, reddish urine, burnings in the throat and mouth, eye pains and diarrhea.
While rhubarb stems are the real deal, you might want to stay away from rhubarb leaves if you truly value your life.
There you have it, some of the most dangerous foods around the world; and in case you are wondering why people crave for them despite all the craziness and risks, I guess it’s all about the thrill.
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